International Law and the Use of Force | L4309

This course deals with the two aspects of the use of force by countries: the initial decision to resort to force and then the regulation of that force once the conflict begins. In 1945, The United Nations Charter set out to prohibit the resort to force by its member states except in two limited situations: self-defense or where authorized by the Security Council. The Geneva Conventions and its protocols, as well as customary international law, regulate how that force is applied. The subject of this course is how these provisions have been interpreted since 1945 and trends in the law that will guide us in the future. The course will analyze cases that have litigated these issues before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunals and the United States and Israel Supreme Courts, as well as other for a. The course examines current conflicts that fall under the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions and how the relevant provisions are being interpreted today. The issues we will discuss in class include: the basic law and institutions on the resort to force and regulation of force, unilateral action by States, collective action by States, humanitarian interventions, the meaning of civilian, the meaning of combatant, the regulation of weapons including a section about drones and robots.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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